Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake

Let’s take a poll. Do you call this luxurious chocolate recipe a chocolate sheet cake, a sheath cake, a Texas sheet cake, or a Texas brownie cake?

No matter what you call it (or how you slice it), this classic chocolate sheet cake recipe is just good. Crazy good, in fact.

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe - This delicious sheet cake (some call it a Texas Sheet cake or a sheath cake) is rich and dense, almost like a brownie. Whatever you call it, it's just plain good!

I found a really interesting post online that attempts to unravel the great sheet cake mystery for anyone who is interested in this piece of American culinary history.

Chances are, you know someone who has made a variation of this popular dessert.

Sheet cake is an incredibly luscious cross between a cake and a brownie recipe. It is rich and dense like a brownie while still holding onto that lovely cake-like texture.

And the frosting. Oh, my. The frosting. I bliss-out a little just thinking about pouring the warm, chocolatey frosting on top of a Texas sheet cake.

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe - This delicious sheet cake (some call it a Texas Sheet cake or a sheath cake) is rich and dense, almost like a brownie. Whatever you call it, it's just plain perfect!

If you’re a fan of nuts, you can also add chopped pecans to the icing before pouring it on top of the sheet cake. I really love pecans on my Texas sheet cake but my kids don’t care for them so we usually leave that part out.

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe - This delicious sheet cake (some call it a Texas Sheet cake or a sheath cake) is rich and dense, almost like a brownie. Whatever you call it, it's just plain perfect!

 

My husband is not a fan of traditional cake, so he always asks me to make this amazing chocolate sheet cake for his birthday.

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe - This delicious sheet cake (some call it a Texas Sheet cake or a sheath cake) is rich and dense, almost like a brownie. Whatever you call it, it's just plain perfect!

I’m happy to oblige. The chocolate lover in me simply can’t get enough of this moist, delicious sheet cake recipe.

If you make this recipe, be sure to try a piece while it’s still warm. It’s pure Texas chocolate sheet cake heaven.

Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe - This delicious sheet cake (some call it a Texas Sheet cake or a sheath cake) is rich and dense, almost like a brownie. Whatever you call it, it's just plain good!

Are you a fan of sheet cake? I’d love to hear what you call this recipe in your area, and how my recipe varies from the one you know and love!

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Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

Cake
  • 2  cups flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Icing
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 6 tablespoons of milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (my family prefers without nuts)

Directions:

Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 11 x 17 x 1-inch sheet pan (18 x 13 x 1-inch works too) sheet cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the water and the cocoa and bring to a boil stirring often. Remove from heat and add the granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and the flour mixture. Stir until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Icing
  1. In a medium pan heat the butter, cocoa and the milk and bring it to a boil, stirring often. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and the powdered sugar until smooth. If you’re having the optional pecans, add those now.
  2. Pour over cake while it is still hot. Cool before cutting. Makes 20 servings

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